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The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood:
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.
The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician--whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended--when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.
This is a book no fantasy reader should miss; Beagle argues brilliantly the need for magic in our lives and the folly of forgetting to dream. --Nona Vero
Peter S. Beagle, a World Fantasy Award nominee, is the bestselling author of the fantasy classic The Last Unicorn as well as many other highly acclaimed works. His novels and stories have been translated into sixteen languages worldwide, and his long and fascinating career has covered everything from journalism and stage adaptations to songwriting and performances. He has given readings, lectures, and concerts of his own songs from coast to coast, and has written several screenplays, including Ralph Bakshi's film version of The Lord of the Rings.
Beautiful addition to a collection of fairy tales. Loved how it all ended.Published 8 days ago by Suzanne Lazinsky
No words to describe how beautiful this book is. Fantastic artwork. Great recreation. Must have for any last unicorn fan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ButterChubs
Was graphic novel style. Thought it would be the written version. Beautiful but hard on Kindle to zoom in to read all the bubbles.Published 4 months ago by Sam
Terrible. Strangest story ever & very poorly written. It felt like a grade school book that was made into an adult one? They added in big worlds & creepy parts. But it was a fail. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Buyer Lady
As for the novel itself? Well there is no better book. As for this particular copy? I'm not really a fan. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sharon Zimmerman